2011-present Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward, Ferndale, MI 49220, 248-544-0394
2000-2011 Pierre-Paul Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
1999-2000 ARTSearch Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
1997-1999 Matrix Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
1998 “Stills in Life”, Appleton Art Center, Appleton, WI, Juried
Matrix Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, Solo
1999 Luminosity Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, Juried
2001 “eMotion Pictures:An Exhibition of Orthopedics in Art”, American Acad. of Orthopedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, Juried
“Fruits of Summer”, Pierre-Paul Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, Solo
2003 “Derby Days”, 21 North Gallery,Toledo, OH, Juried
2004 Ann Arbor Women Artists, University of Michigan, Juried
“Derby Days”, 21 North Gallery,Toledo, OH, Juried
2005 Pierre-Paul Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, Juried
2007 "Summer Show", Ann Arbor Women Artists, Juried
2012 "Winter Show", Ann Arbor Women Artists, Juried
2013 "It's All About The Horse", Huron Valley Council for The Arts, Highland, MI, Juried
"About Face", Rodin-Detroit Gallery, Detroit, MI, Juried
"Our Town", Community House, Birmingham, MI, juried
2015 "Human Nature", Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Juried
2016 "Body Eclectic". Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI, Juried
"Degrees of Abstraction", University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Juried
"Shel Markel Paintings and Drawings", Lawrence Street Gallery, Solo
My journey as an artist began about ten years before I retired from a forty year career as a medical doctor. I loved the art history courses I took as an undergraduate, and had collected artworks over many years, so I considered pursuing a degree in art history. However, it occurred to me that making art would be a better way to expend my creative energy.
While mostly self-taught, I got guidance from professional artists, attended several workshops, and took figurative drawing and painting courses at Eastern Michigan University.
My works are clearly representational, but not always realistic depictions of the subjects. The challenge is to make artistic sense, through the interplay of compositional elements, and to create interesting and aesthetically pleasing products.
The subject matter had been mostly still life, but more recently, I’ve concentrated more on horses and figurative works. Acrylics are the predominant media, but I also use gouache, charcoal, graphite, and inks, often in combination.